A SPONSORED vehicle was delivered by De Aar Solar Power to the Foundation for Alcohol-Related Research (Farr) on the official re-opening of the Farr/Joan Wertheim Centre in De Aar on Thursday (21/04).
Tina Meier of De Aar Solar Power revealed that the refurbishment of the centre was also funded by the solar plant.
This happened after the solar plant had announced its support towards Farr at the end of 2015.
The re-opening was attended by clients, parents, funders, members of the community and departmental officials.
“It is our hope that the vehicle will help the centre and their staff support the community of De Aar, who rely on their dedication and work against fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS),” said Marion Green-Thompson, economic development manager for De Aar Solar Power.
Green-Thompson highlighted the important role that the community centre was playing by offering its clients and the wider community a valued service and support by providing sustenance to a community in need.
The centre is a hub for experts, community workers and ordinary South Africans who are determined to improve the lives of those affected by FAS, their families and caregivers.
They are involved in training, education, research, prevention, support and management projects across South Africa.
Meier further pointed out in a statement that FAS was the most common preventable form of mental disability in the world.
It is estimated to affect three million children in South Africa.
A significant percentage from the communities in and around De Aar are affected by FAS.
“Farr is a leading non-governmental organisation and a source of research and information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the most severe form of this disorder, namely FAS, in South Africa.”
The organisation is dedicated to building a positive future in South African communities by significantly reducing birth defects and mental disabilities caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
“Our community at large understands that FAS is more common than Down syndrome, spina bifida and autism combined.
“The damage to the unborn child is permanent and cannot be reversed,” concluded Green-Thompson.